FACILITATING LEARNING THROUGH CONTEXTUALIZATION – A CASE STUDY
Wipro Technologies (INDIA)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN10 Proceedings
Publication year: 2010
Conference name: 2nd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 5-7 July, 2010
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:In present scenario, the trends such as speedup of globalization, rapid technological developments, various culture and nationalities of members in project teams, and quick learning requirements, is demanding a change in traditional training models. According to our survey in knowledge acquisition and knowledge application, the contextualized learning addresses these parameters for effective training in corporate world. Merely presenting the theoretical content in trainings that are of business needs may not generate interest in learners. One of the ways to promote learning retention is to bring into practice the application of knowledge through contextualization. This is done by exposing the learners to the case studies and the concept within the training programs. Contextualized learning focuses on emphasizing the relevance of the content by presenting real-life and business-context scenarios to the learners. With less of content and more of contextualization, this training model enhances the learnability of both the facilitators and the learners. It also provides a platform for social interaction in knowledge application and experience sharing amongst the learners. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the challenges and the applicability of contextualization during the facilitation so that content dissemination and contextualization is balanced, thereby achieving the desired outcomes. The model focuses on providing stimulating content and learning activities for all the learners involved in training program that benefits employees and the organization.
Keywords: Contextualization, Learning, Content, Facilitation, Learnability.